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(aka "Slava" )


directed by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
Bulgaia/Greece 2016


When reclusive railway worker Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) finds millions in cash scattered along the railroad tracks, he immediately reports it. His co-workers call him a fool while the transport ministry - eager to deflect inquiries into a scandal involving misappropriated funds - decides to make him into a hero with a reward and a knighthood diploma bestowed by the minister (Ivan Savov) on national television, the idea of public relations wiz Julia Staykova (Margita Gosheva). Wrestled into borrowed clothes, mocked for his appearance and his stuttering, and his Glory watch from his father taken for safekeeping by Julia as he receives a brand new digital watch from the minister, Tzanko finds that life quickly goes back to normal as soon as the cameras are off and he is sent home. Upon discovering that his new watch runs slow, Tzanko calls the ministry to retrieve his old watch. Treating Tzanko as an annoyance since she is preoccupied with fertility treatments, Julia continually puts him off. Rather than apologize for losing the watch when neither she nor her staff can find it, she attempts to pawn off a lookalike. When Tzanko accepts the offer of help to get his message across from journalist Kolev (Milko Lazarov), he finds himself the mouthpiece in a corruption story the journalist is trying to advance, whereupon he is further victimized through the minister's channels by way of Julia's machinations. Meanwhile, Julia's long-suffering husband Ivan (Deyan Statulov) is having second thoughts about conceiving a child with someone who has no idea about real human relations. The second feature from co-directors Kristina Grozevaa and Petar Valchanov reunites them with THE LESSON's Gosheva, casting her in a far less sympathetic light as someone affronted when people act like human beings rather than the puppets of media manipulation, while Denolyubov's protagonist - who played an aggressive money lender to Grozevaa's desperate teacher in the former film - is etched in broader strokes but relatable to every viewer who has ever felt like the little guy deprived of even a modicum of respect and consideration.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 2 December 2016 (Bulgaria)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:41:03

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.38 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Bulgarian Dolby Digital 5.1; Bulgarian Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Short Film 'Helium' (Anders Walter, 2013; 16:9; 22:44)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: September 12th, 2017

Chapters 12



Film Movement's progressive, anamorphic widescreen DVD seems to faithfully reproduce in standard definition this film's deliberately gritty look in which daylight exteriors feature harsh contrasts while florescent-lit interiors can be equally unflattering. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track makes conservative use of the surrounds for some atmosphere as well crowd noises during the press conferences and receptions. Optional English subtitles and closed captions are available. Extras are limited to a short film and trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas


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